It does sound like her skin doesn't like that wafer. A lot of people find that one wafer or another doesn't agree w/their skin (and it's not the same for everyone, sigh). You can get samples -- if you order from a big supply place (e.g. edgepark) they can send a bunch or you can call the manufacturers (UC wife named the big three) and they will send you samples. Your stoma nurse might also be able to give you some others to try.
One tip I learned from this list is to have her cut little pieces of each wafer and stick them on her stomach for a few days, away from the stoma. That way you can see which ones might be irritating, without compromising the skin around the stoma any more.
It is possible that the skin prep is the problem too, as some people react to that. You can also test that away from the stoma, there are different brands to try. I usually use a little skin prep on irritated areas away from the stoma -- too much makes the pouch not stick as well (although some brands are supposed to make it stick better). Near the stoma, I wear and eakin seal, and that helps a lot with any irritation there.
If the irritation were closer to the stoma, then it might be from the pouch not fitting right, but if it's near the edges, it's probably a reaction to the adhesive. What brand of pouch are you using?
Hope it clears up soon. This is all very overwhelming at first, but people do figure it out....
48 years old, female.
2004 dx indeterminate colitis. Back and forth between Crohn's and UC dx. Many drugs, minimal success.
2010-11 Crazy skin and eye complications, high fevers, bad flaring. Out of good drug options, tired of scary drugs.
Feb 2011 -- proctocolectomy with permanent ileolostomy; abscess, blood clot. Still healing, still glad for the surgery
Post Edited (blueglass) : 8/29/2011 11:29:17 AM (GMT-6)